- Class Number 6732
- Term Code 3050
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Samantha Traves
- Samantha Traves
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 13/07/2020
- Class End Date 28/08/2020
- Census Date 24/07/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 13/07/2020
Commercial Law is designed to give students an understanding of the key areas of commercial law and how they relate to each other. The focus is on the areas of personal property and aspects of commercial contracts, as these form the basis of all commercial law. The course will consider the concepts of bailment and agency and the complex provisions dealing with the sale of goods. It is suitable for those students who want an overview of commercial law as well as those who want to bring themselves up to date with recent developments in this field. This course is an elective that builds on material in the compulsory course Contracts and articulates with Corporations Law, Property and other commercially focussed electives such as Restrictive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection and Product Liability, for example.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain, outline and apply an advanced understanding of the areas of commercial law dealt with in this course;
- analyse critically particular areas of commercial law by participation in discussions and online forums;
- identify and provide solutions to complex problems in particular areas of commercial law,
- transform the analysis of case law into a proposition of commercial law that can be communicated to others;
- identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts in the areas of commercial law dealt with in the course;
- where applicable, distinguish the facts in decided cases from those in a given set of facts; build this into an argument and structure an answer to a problem question in a logical and coherent manner;
- co-operate with your colleagues within limits set by rules governing proper academic discourse.
The central tenets of commercial law are well-settled and continue to be anchored in the areas of contract and property law, enhanced and modified by statute. Research in the substantive area of commercial law informs the selection of topics and the degree of detail in which they are considered. The content and structure of this course is informed by research in the fields of education, educational psychology and commercial law. The research in education and educational psychology has informed the restructuring of the course, spiralling the course curriculum by building on students’ previous compulsory studies (Contract Law); introducing new topics in the early weeks of the course and reinforcing and building on that material in subsequent weeks.
The prescribed text for this course is Turner and Trone, Australian Commercial Law (32nd ed, Thomson, 2019) OR Traves, Commercial Law (5th ed, LexisNexis, 2020).
You will also need a copy of the Sale of Goods Act 1896 (QLD) which you can download from www.austlii.edu.au. The State and Territory sale of goods legislation is substantively uniform throughout Australia and the equivalent provisions in the ACT Act will also be referred to as appropriate. You may also like to download this Act from the Austlii site.
You will also need a copy of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)
All the cases referred to in the course are available in full electronically and in hard copy in the library. Students are expected to access the full judgments and have them available for use in class.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. For further information about the interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Construction of Commercial Contracts|
|2||Nature of Personalty|
|3||Fundamental Personal Property Concepts|
|4||The Law of Agency|
|5||Sale of Goods|
|6||Transfer of Property and Title|
|8||Law of Insurance|
|9||Electronic Transactions in the Commercial Context|
|10||The Law of Bailment|
Students need to enroll in one of the two seminar times. Seminars begin in 13th July. Students will be required to attend six seminars over the course of two weeks: Three seminars in the week beginning 13th July and three seminars in the week beginning 27th July. The first week of seminars will be held on the 13th 15th and 17th of July from 6pm to 7pm and from 7pm to 8pm. The second week of seminars will be held on the 27th 29th and 31st of July from 6pm to 7pm and from 7pm to 8pm.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Commercial Contract Construction Task||10 %||27/07/2020||05/08/2020||1, 2|
|Research Task||50 %||17/08/2020||18/09/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Take Home Assignment||40 %||10/08/2020||18/09/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The exam paper will be released during the formal examination period TBC via Wattle. Please note that the date and time in the assessment summary is indicative only. Students must confirm the exact date and time of the exam closer to the date.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Commercial Contract Construction Task
Details of Task: The assessment involves a scenario consisting of relevant contractual provisions and questions testing the ability of the students to apply the proper approach to their interpretation
?Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit will result in a mark of 0 for the task. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Release Date: 13 July 2020 via course WATTLE site.
Due Date: 5:00pm Monday 27 July 2020 via Wattle.
Word limit: 500
Estimated return date: 8 August 2020 via course WATTLE site
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Details of Task: Students will be required to undertake independent research on a provided question for the purpose of completing this piece of assessment.
Nature of Task: This task is compulsory and a failure to complete it will result in a mark of 0 for the task. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Release Date: The research question will be released on the course WATTLE site on 20 July 2020.
Due Date: 5:00pm on Monday 17 August 2020 via Turnitin.
Estimated return date: Friday September 18th 2020.
Word limit: 2000 words
- Understanding of the Issues
- Communication & Development of Argument
- Presentation, style and referencing
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Take Home Assignment
Details of Task: The assignment will consist of two problem questions, both of which must be answered. Students will not need to do legal research to answer the assignment question but simply apply the material they have studied during the semester to the problem questions. You may use abbreviated references to cases (ie case names only).
Nature of Task: This task is compulsory and a failure to complete it will result in a mark of 0 for the task. It is not redeemable.
Duration: 4 days (96 hours)
Word Count: 1600 Words
Release: Friday 7th of August 2020.
Due Date: 10th of August 2020. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Friday September 18th 2020.
Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed on your ability:
- to explain, outline and apply an advanced understanding of the areas of commercial law dealt with in this course;
- to identify and provide solutions to complex problems in particular areas of commercial law;
- to transform the analysis of case law into a proposition of commercial law that can be communicated to others;
- to identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts in the areas of commercial law dealt with in the course; and
- where applicable, to distinguish the facts in decided cases from those in a given set of facts; build this into an argument and structure an answer to a problem question in a logical and coherent manner.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Commercial law, insurance law and personal property law